Saturday, September 20, 2014

Night of the Modular Monsters, September 19 2014, Leiden (NL)

Last night I went out to see a few modular synth-based acts in The Generator at Vrijplaats Middelstegracht in Leiden (NL) at the 'Night of the Modular Monsters'.
(Check out the event on Facebook)
In an intimate setting; a theatre-style room with comfortable cinema-seats, a big screen with cool visuals three live-acts were performing for a group of around 50 visitors...

OR Combiner, a duo consisting of Lama Waaien & Tony Dubshot (from http://www.dubbhism.com/) opened the evening with a dubby set, but sadly I missed their act because i was a bit late and the show had to start half an hour earlier.

Falafel Biels in action at Night of the Modular Monsters
'Freepatcher' Falafel Biels from Rotterdam did a nice 40-minute long non-stop noisy/atmospheric set.
He plays at these kind of events quite often and also designs his own line of Monster Modules.
After the show he showed me a few of his creations, including his 'Bunch-a-clox', a few interesting clock divider modules and other Falufar-branded modules.
Find more on his Facebook page.

Falafel Biels' live setup
Das Ding from Rotterdam closed the evening with an electro-set.
Danny Bosten a.k.a. Das Ding has been creating powerful dark electro since back in the early 1980s, releasing his music and friends’ music via his own cassette label called Tear Apart Tapes.

He told me that he had recently begun to build his own Eurorack-compatible mini-sequencer.
It's called the Baby 8 and if you're interested you can buy a hand built version (stand-alone or rack) directly from Danny. Just contact him via Facebook.

Check out this Juno Plus interview about the Baby 8 for more info.

Das Ding live setup, Eurorack, TR-606 and MC-202,
 and two of his Baby8 sequencers

The stage after the shows
Overall I did have a nice and relaxed evening.
I liked the venue, and it seems perfect for these kind of occasions.
This is the first time i really went out and met some of the interesting people from the Dutch Modular scene.
I did have to leave a bit early because my weekend-schedule is always very full, but i hope i can take more time next time.

I hope to write some more party-reports on PatchPierre.Net in the future, and maybe do some interviews with all these interesting people...
Main info via Dubbhism:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gezeiten Modular Ultima Ratio TYP1 Cascading Clock

Another newcomer in the Eurorack-scene is Gezeiten Modular, a Berlin based manufacturer of Eurorack compatible Synthesizer Modules. (Gezeiten means Tides in German)
The Ultima Ratio Cascading Clock is the first product they recently released in a small series.
Gezeiten Ultima Ratio
TYP1 Cascading Clock
The Gezeiten Ultima Ratio is an 8HP wide intuitive playable Clock Divider, Clock Generator and Dual AR Envelope.

You can use it
- to synchronize sequencers with independent time signatures
- as an performance like instrument when you play the divider ratios
- to provide and distribute a stable system clock
- to fire envelopes in a live performance to rhythmically control filters or VCAs in musically meaningful ratios
- to mult triggers

The Ultima Ratio is available at first in a small batch as a DIY kit.
Ordering info can be found at http://www.gezeiten-modular.com/pages/order_kit

Video: Dividing Clocks: Gezeiten Ultima Ratio Eurorack Module

"Playing along with my eurorack modular synthesizer and testing the Gezeiten Ultima Ratio clock divider module.
The track is entirely made with the modular with just the inevitable addition of reverb :)
The Ultima Ratio is used to provide 3 clock streams to synchronize the Grids drum sequencer and both Moskwa sequencers with different clock resolutions.
I play with the clock ratios in realtime and also make use of the makro attack/release envelope generator to provide control voltage to modulate the cutoff frequency of a dual Korgasmatron filter.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Qu-Bit Electronix RT60 DSP Multi-FX

Qu-Bit Electronix (known from their debut Eurorack Nebulæ audio file player/granular oscillator) recently released a few new modules. 
I will blog about the Nano Rand once i know a bit more... but first this...

QU-Bit RT60
The RT60 is an 8HP wide, skiff-friendly stereo multi-effects processor that features 7 high quality DSP effects running from the venerable Spin Semiconductor FV-1 chip. 
It sounds very impressive and the cool thing is that all parameters of this module can be controlled via CV, even the switching between effects.

Main Features:
- Wet/dry control
- Voltage control over ALL parameters.
- Stereo in/out
- 7 unique DSP effects including reverb, delay, flange, tremolo and pitch shift
- Dynamic switching of effects
- Power consumption: 70mA

Also check out the initial demo that bigcitymusic published today, find it at http://youtu.be/BeWFWqa1pDA

Video: RT60

Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/qubitelectronix 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Random Video: Tony Horsman's Shumovik II composer/performer system

Tony Horsman, father of  Doepfer A-100 Facebookgroup creator/moderator Richard Horsman has created this next video with his 99.9% pure Doepfer system and an Arduino.

Video: Tony Horsman's Shumovik II composer/performer system

" Arduino Mega microcontroller controlling a large Doepfer modular synthesizer. Every piece performed is unique, using four complex sounds each with two variants and two alternative effects. Patch design and Arduino code by Tony Horsman."

"He is taking questions on this thread in the Eurorack sub-forum on Muffs.... "

Uploaded by Richard Horsman

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mutable Instruments Peaks Demo by DivKid

Another lnice and long Eurorack demo by DivKid, demonstrating the multifuncional Mutable Instruments Peaks module.

" Peaks is a multi-function module, but the general rule is that cool things happen whenever a trigger
is received. Its four main functions are:
Envelope generator – the gate/trigger input starts and holds the envelope.
LFO – the gate/trigger input resets the waveform cycle.
LFO with tap-tempo synchronization – the gate/trigger input sets the period of the LFO oscillations. Note that Peaks can “learn” irregular trigger sequences and lock onto them.
Drum generator – the gate/trigger input triggers the drum sound.

Peaks provides two channels of processing – each of them has a gate/trigger input jack, a gate/trigger button with an output indication LED, and an audio/CV output. Both channels provide the same function – the exception being channel 1′s drum generator being a bass drum generator, and channel 2′s drum generator being a snare drum/hi-hat generator.

Both channels can be “synchronized” (aka twin mode), in that they both share the same front panel controls – for example in ADSR envelope mode, the first knob will control both channel 1 and channel 2′s attack time. This can be used not only to create duophonic patches (for which you actually want both channels to behave similarly), but also to obtain two synchronized outputs of the same LFO waveform with different phase shifts…

Another way of controlling the module is the split mode in which the potentiometers 1 and 2 control channel 1′s settings; and the potentiometers 3 and 4 control channel 2′s settings. This mode only gives access to the 2 most essential parameters of each function (for example attack and decay time for an envelope) – the other parameters being set to default “neutral” settings.

Finally, if breaking the one knob per function rule is not a taboo for you, an expert mode allows individual control of channel 1 and 2."

Video: Mutable Instruments - Peaks by DivKidMusic

" Another hugely feature packed module from Mutable Instruments! Peaks has 4 modes with envelopes, LFOs, Tap-LFOs and drums then an additional 4 'hidden' modes which are a mini step sequencer, trigger delay and repeater, trigger stream randomiser and a dual Anushri style synth drum generator.
As always all comments are welcome!

As mentioned in the video here is the Branches overview video so you can check that out as it's used for several patches in the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVKx_..."

Uploaded by DivKidMusic

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Hexinverter.net Mutant Clap Demo

Hexinverter's latest in their series of dedicated drum-modules is the Mutant Clap, A TR-909-style handclap module.
Just like the other Mutant Drums, the Clap is a highly versatile module.
It is actually a voltage controlled LFSR noise oscillator as well as a powerful percussion synthesis engine!

- feature-rich, analogue handclap percussion synthesis reminiscent of the 909
- pitch control of noise generator means you can create everything from vanilla 909 claps to broken, chiptune-like alien sounds
- doubles as a voltage controlled, Commodore64-sounding noise VCO via the NOISE output and PITCH CV input
- SUSTAIN control lets you crank up the clap's sustain and use the module as an abstract synth voice with external inputs!
- external input allows you to synthesise claps from virtually any sound source you plug in
- built in internal reverb effect derived from clap tone
reverb decay forms the decay of the clap sound, and is fully voltage controllable from short reverb "snaps" to long, whooshing tails!
- you can select between internal and external noise sources as the source for the reverb sound generation, opening up really interesting sounds
- DRIVE control lets you dial in anything from clean to extremely overdriven sounds
- bandpass filter cutoff control

Video: hexinverter.net Mutant Clap Demo

" The Mutant Clap is a eurorack handclap percussion synthesis module reminiscent of the TR-909.
It will be available in Fall 2014 as a built eurorack module from modular synthesizer dealers around the globe as well as in DIY project form, from hexinverter.net's online DIY shop.

More info/full feature list: http://www.modulargrid.net/e/hexinver...
hexinverter project page: http://cv.hexinverter.net/?projects=m...
DIY products: http://shop.hexinverter.net
For built modules, please find your nearest modular retailer and inquire with them!

Gear used in this video: Mutant Clap, Orbitals step sequencer, Jupiter Storm, Galilean Moons, Mutant Bassdrum, Mutant Hihats, Low-gain Submix, WMD Pro Output, Make Noise Echophon..."

Also very interesting: " Rest assured the Cowbell will make itself known somehow! :) "

Errorinstruments Simple Passive Eurorack Module

Error Instruments just released this video about a brand new product.
It isn't exactly clear (yet) what  this passive module does, but it just looks and sounds nice... although not very spectacular.

A module with a button, a rotating knob and a switch, thats all...



Video: errorinstruments eurorack simpel pasiv modulen

" just a simpel eurorack module Pasiv .is onder 35 € as a DIY KIt 45 € BILD
its sooon at www.errorinstruments.com "

Via YouTube: paul tas

Modular Wild Presents - Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Oscillator II

Raul Pena's is going retro again in his latest Eurorack Demo,another addition to the series about the Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Oscillator II and shows its Phase Modulated Synced FM.
That series started in September 2013, and it looks like i forgot to post them back then...
So here is the whole series (so far)... Enjoy!

Video 1: Modular Wild Presents PROFILE- Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Oscillator II

" A short overview of the features of the Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Oscillaotr II. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 2: Modular Wild Presents SOUNDS-Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Oscillator II-Phase Modulation

" A short exploration of the Richter Oscillator II and its ability to Phase Modulate Waveforms.
Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

New Video: Modular Wild Presents SOUNDS-Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Oscillator II Phase Modulated Synced FM

"Outtake from my Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Oscillator II series. A short look at a patch using Phase Modulated Synced FM with the Malekko Heavy Industry Richter Oscillator II. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Friday, September 05, 2014

Ginko Synthese Sampleslicer KickStarter Project

Products from the Netherlands get some special attention at PatchPierre.Net.

SampleSlicer prototype
Jan Willem from Ginkosynthese is slowly uncovering the KickStarter project plans for the Ginko Synthese Sampleslicer Eurorack Module.

" The Sampleslicer is a real-time monophonic sampler, including a 16 step voltage-controlled sequencer.The incoming sound is chopped up automatically into 16 parts by the incoming clock signal and spread out over the16 steps in the internal sequencer."

The first batch will be manufactured from a crowdfunding project.
Subscribe to receive an e-mail as soon as the crowdfunding campaign kicks off."

Read more about this project on Kickstarter.

Follow Jan Willem on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jan.willem.737

Video: Intro


Video: Ginko Synthese SAMPLESLICER demo by Jan Willem

New updates will be added later...

" Last but not least: If we reach the goal, we will create an add-on module to use pre-recorded samples from a memory card, and moreover it opens a way for us to develop even more awesome modules!""

this KICKSTARTER is live now

Monday, September 01, 2014

Doepfer A101-1 Vactrol Multitype Filter Review by SoloStuff

SoloStuff created a nice review video about the Doepfer A-101-1 Vactrol Multitype Filter and uploaded it to YouTube...

Video: Doepfer A101-1 Vactrol Multitype Filter Review

" I wanted to do this for a while. The thing about the A101-1 is that it can be aggressive and easy. Vactrols are known for their non-distorting response, combined with the Steiner design kinda gives a more tamable beast.
Also, Vactrols behavior is not always precisely predictable because of tolerances in each. Doepfer says:

"mechanical and electrical tolerances cause that each vactrol will behave a bit different (e.g. because of the differences in alignement and distance between LED and LDR, different brightness of the LEDs at the same current)"
This effectively means that A101-1 modules can sound slightly different than each other no matter what calibration is done.."

Uploaded by SoloStuff

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

500th PatchPierre Post

I never thought that this would happen when I started this blog to be honest, but my 500th PatchPierre post is a fact now... after almost 4½ years of blogging I finally reached this magic number.

Thank you all again for the support, especially
Dieter Doepfer, Raul Pena, Felix (TTNM), Tony Steventon, Matrixsynth Jones, Oliver CheslerIntellijel, DivKid, Jon Adams, Marc Weerts, Steve Harmon, Malekko, ModularGrid, Eliazerk, techno-id.com and everyone who I forgot...

Via one of my other projects BrickPierre
First I would like to share a few PatchPierre numbers with you about the PatchPierre universe:
- PatchPierre blog has reached over 310.000 pageviews in 4½ year.
- an average of around 18.000 - 20.000  pageviews per month lately, and this number is still climbing.
- Over 3.200 people follow PatchPierre on Twitter
- Over 150 people already like PatchPierre on Facebook 
- Almost 350 people follow me on Soundcloud 
- Patchpierre.Net welcomed visitors from 144 countries so far

The most popular PatchPierre posts:
DIY Modular Case Ideas Jan 1, 2012, 
150th PatchPierre Post Dec 11, 2011, 
100th PatchPierre Post May 22, 2011, 
Vactrol Basics Feb 21, 2011, 

Finding new topics is getting harder as i have already reviewed most of the Doepfer modules i own, but i hope i can keep the blog interesting enough in the future with an even wider range of eurorack related posts.
If you have any suggestions / questions etc... feel free to contact me.

- Donations (big or small) are still welcome via PayPal
(info at http://patchpierre.blogspot.nl/p/patchpierre-donors.html)
Donations will keep PatchPierre ad-free

Sadly I am having technical difficulties in my studio, so I am not able to record new demos / tracks at the moment, and besides that I am a bit too busy with my own work so I can't write much 'original'content, but that will all return after the summer...

Thank you so much again for all the support and the positive feedback.  PP

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Patch From Scratch Series: Simple self-playing synth voices by The Tuesday Night Machines

Video Playlist: A Patch From Scratch: Simple self-playing synth voices

" In this video series I create random Eurorack modular synthesizer patches from scratch and talk you through them. :) "
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MORE INFO: Eurorack Modular Synth Modules used in this video:
- Doepfer A-138 Exponential Mixer
- Intellijel Dixie 1 VCO
- Music Thing Modular Thonk Turing Machine & Pulses Expander Sequencer
- Intellijel uScale 1 Quantizer
- Malekko Wiard Anti-Oscillator VCO
- Klangbau Wavetable VCDO
- Erika Polivoks VCF Filter
- Synthrotek EKO Delay
- Make Noise Function Generator
- Intellijel Quadra Quad Envelope Generator
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Modular Wild presents SOUNDS - Intellijel Springray Spring Reverb w. Different Reverb Tanks

Another one from Raul Pena...
This time he shows how the Intellijel Springray Reverb sounds with different reverb tanks.
Enjoy!

Video: Modular Wild presents SOUNDS-Intellijel Springray Spring Reverb-Different Reverb Tanks

"A short demonstration of the different reverb tanks available for the Intellijel Springray Spring Reverb module. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 2: Modular Wild presents SOUNDS-Intellijel Springray Spring Reverb-Feedback and Mix Modulation

"A short demonstration of a few settings with the three different reverb tanks utilizing Feedback and Mix modulation. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Video 3: Modular Wild Presents Profile-Intellijel Springray Spring Reverb

" A short introduction to the Intellijel Springray Spring Reverb module. Discussing the basic features and functions. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."
Check out Raul's latest survey athttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K3Z9PVF
Other places to find Raul's World of Synths on the Web:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Random Video: Doepfer A-111 VCO sync demo by Morgan Karlsson

Via the Doepfer A-100 Modular group on Facebook:

Video: Doepfer A-111 sync demo by Morgan Karlsson

" 2xA111 processed through the TTSH. Oscillator 2 hardsynced to Oscillator 1. Intellijel Metropolis synced to the Sample & Hold of the TTSH. The Sample & Hold controlling VCF cut off and Oscillator 2."

Uploaded by Morgan Karlsson